Abbot's Hospital Governance

Founded in 1619

Abbot's Hospital is administered by the Abbot's Hospital Trustee Company in accordance with the Hospital of the Blessed Trinity (Guildford) Charity Scheme Confirmation Act, 1953 and Schemes of 18 February 1965 and 20 December 1985, as amended by Schemes of 29 May 1991 and 1 February 2007.


The Governors of the Hospital are directors of the Trustee Company. Five governors are ex-officio; the Mayor of Guildford, the Rectors of each of the ecclesiastical parishes of Holy Trinity with St Mary Guildford, St Nicolas Guildford and St John the Evangelist Stoke-next-Guildford, and the Headmaster of the Royal Grammar School, Guildford. Two governors are appointed by Guildford Borough Council and the remainder, who must be persons residing or carrying on business in or near the Borough of Guildford are co-opted by the Board, subject to the approval of the Archbishop of Canterbury - the Hospital's official visitor.

The full Board meets at least fives times each year and sub-groups of Governors, in particular the House Group and the Finance and Property Group, meet regularly. Individually, Governors meet residents at weekly Coffee mornings and at other times.

Every two years Governors conduct a Residents' Satisfaction Survey and the conclusions are reported to the full Board. This Survey was last conducted in 2017. Day to day management and administration of the Charity is delegated by the Board to the Master who is assisted by the Warden. The Master reports to the Chairman of Governors. In addition to running Abbot’s Hospital day to day matters the Master helps to maximise income, raise funds, promote public awareness and enhance the experience of those who visit the Hospital.

Abbot's Hospital Governance


  • Chairman: Sarah Creedy
  • Leader (House Group): Vicky Payne
  • Leader (Finance and Property Group): Peter Souster
  • Ex-officio:
    • Rev Canon Robert Cotton (Holy Trinity with St Mary, Guildford)
    • Rev Canon Dr Andrew Norman (St Nicolas, Guildford)
    • Rev Mark Woodward (St John the Evangelist, Stoke-next-Guildford)
    • Dr Jon Cox (Headmaster, RGS Guildford)
    • The Mayor of Guildford
  • Council Representatives: Keith Childs, Dennis Paul
  • Co-optative:
    • Ruth Fromow
    • Dr Angela Gunning
    • Michael Harrap
    • Andrew Higgitt
    • Desmond McCann
    • Colin Mullis
    • Lesley Spencer

Annual Report

To see our Annual Reports and Accounts visit and enter our Charity number, 201631.